Healing Collective Trauma Using Sociodrama and Drama Therapy

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Healing Collective Trauma Using Sociodrama and Drama Therapy

SKU# 9780826104861

Author: Eva Leveton MS, MFC


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Psychodrama and Socio-drama are new concepts of therapy to resolve mental health issues in Bangladesh. Mental health professionals in Bangladesh who had been able to absorb the technique created by integrating socio-psychodrama have been greatly benefited from this intervention in the healing process... "

--Mehtab Khanam, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Dhaka University

When large groups of people become victims of political upheavals, social crises, and natural disasters, it is often challenging to allocate appropriate resources to deal with the stress that ensues. Of the methods employed to address post-traumatic stress syndrome and collective trauma, sociodrama and drama therapy have had a long-standing history of success. Group therapists and counselors will find this book to be an indispensable resource when counseling patients from trauma-stricken groups.

This book travels across geographic and cultural boundaries, examining group crises and collective trauma in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the U.S. The contributing authors, many of whom are pioneers in the field, offer cost-effective, small- and large-group approaches for people suffering from PTSD, socio-political oppression, and other social problems. The book extends the principles and practices of psychodrama and sociodrama to include music, painting, dance, collage, and ritual. In essence, this innovative book illustrates the proven effectiveness of sociodrama and drama therapy. Key topics:

  • The difficulties of developing trust in victimized or opposing groups
  • Initiating warm-ups and therapeutic strategies with both groups and individuals
  • Narradrama" with marginalized groups
  • Using anti-oppression models to inform psychodrama
  • Re-reconciling culture-based conflicts using "culture-drama"

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 30, 2010
  • Page Count 304
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826104861
  • EISBN 9780826104878

Table of Contents 


1 Healing With Action Methods on the World Stage
2 Narradrama With Marginalized Groups: Uncovering Strengths, Knowledges, and Possibilities
3 Performing Absence: The Limits of Testimony in the Recovery of the Combat Veteran
4 The "H" in "HIV" Stands For "Human": Action Approaches to an Ongoing Global Crisis
5 Look Behind You: Using Anti-Oppression Models to Inform a Protagonist's Psychodrama
6 Healing the Wounds of History: Germans and Jews Facing the Legacy of the Holocaust


7 The Performance of Body, Space, and Place: Creating Indigenous Performance
8 Empowering the Oppressed and Their (Oppressed) Helpers in Bangladesh and India
9 Re-Reconciling Culture-Based Conflicts With "Culture-Drama"
10 Teaching Family Dynamics Using Sociodrama and Psychodrama at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China